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  • 3 January 2007

Stage Whispers

There’s plenty to look forward to in the year ahead for theatregoers, but perhaps a personal highlight for Whispers would be the revival by the NTS of Anthony Neilson’s The Wonderful World of Dissocia. This, along with such hits as Black Watch and Tutti Frutti, all fine shows, will be given second airings for audiences all around the country. This fills a long felt need in Scottish theatre, since for many years splendid productions have cropped up briefly, then were never seen again - a phenomenon partly caused by budgets, partly by lack of media coverage and partly by the nature of the form itself. The idea that audiences might finally get a second look at this work, rather than wistfully recollect it, has to be a positive for Scotland.

So too, the new work promised for the year ahead looks full of potential. This includes Aalst, the 2005 piece from Belgian company Victoria, which reconstructs a notorious case in which two parents murdered their children in a hotel in the Belgian town of the title. With David McKay and Kate Dickie, who received such acclaim for the film Red Road recently, in the cast, it looks a sure bet at its March Debut.

So too does Tam Dean Burn’s June adaptation of Luke Sutherland’s novel Venus as a Boy, which explores sexuality and mythology through modern eyes, while, in April, Suspect Culture’s Futurology will see something of a revival of revue, though on a grand scale, incorporating as much international participation as we’re likely to see in any Scottish production in 2007.

Elsewhere, it all looks pretty promising. Another personal pick for Whispers is the revival of Mrs Warren’s Profession at the Lyceum. With the departure of the old Citz triumvirate, Whispers despaired of ever seeing any Shaw again. Prematurely, it transpires.

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